On Thursday January 16th, PAWS of CNY met with a troop of Girl Scouts in Nedrow to teach them about Pet Assisted Wellness Services.
The presentation was led by PAWS of CNY volunteer and Board of Directors member Shalini Suryanarayana and her Boston Terrier, Buddy. The girl scouts, who earned their “Pet Helper’s Badge,” learned about the benefits of human-animal interaction, the training and certification of PAWS of CNY’s pets and the services that PAWS of CNY provides to the community.
PAWS of CNY volunteer Margaret Abrahamson attended the event with her Australian Shepherd, Feather. “She was in her glory because she loves children. They were all petting her,” said Abrahamson. “I think it is important to teach children about pet assisted wellness services because it teaches them about alternative ways to provide joy to people who are sick or [to] the elderly, and that animals are non- judgmental and give unconditional love. Pets help people feel calm, and can lower their blood pressure, it also helps with memory.”
Thank you to the Girl Scouts for inviting PAWS of CNY to attend their troop meeting!